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Lakers News: Pau Gasol Frustrated With Play This Season

Pau GasolSteve Nash’s age and health has been a huge topic of discussion among Lakers fans this season, but he’s not the only aging veteran who has been struggling this year.

Pau Gasol has been the team’s leader on the floor with Kobe Bryant still recovering from his torn Achilles, and has struggled in that role. While he’s averaging a double-double on the season, he’s only averaging 12 points on 35 percent shooting on the season, and struggled mightily to contain Anthony Davis in the team’s loss to the Pelicans on Friday night.

Gasol hasn’t been happy with his declined play this season, and talked to Mark Medina of the LA Daily News about his season thus far.

“It bothers me. It frustrates me,” said Gasol, who has shot below 50 percent in the past four games. “I have to be sharper. I just got to play a little smarter. I might not have all the speed and all the explosiveness I used to have years ago. But I still have to use my experience and fundamentals to be effective every single night regardless of who we’re playing.”

A huge reason Gasol may be struggling is that he still might be playing himself into shape. He didn’t have his normal summer workout regimen as he spent the majority of it recovering from a knee operation. Gasol didn’t get into any basketball-related activities until about a month before the season started. Regardless, if the Lakers are to be successful, Gasol is going to have to improve.

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  • LakersHeatBeef

    “It bothers me. It frustrates me,” said Gasol, who has shot below 50 percent in the past four games. “I have to be sharper. I just got to play a little smarter. I might not have all the speed and all the explosiveness I used to have years ago. But I still have to use my experience and fundamentals to be effective every single night regardless of who we’re playing.”

    Ditto!

    • Paytc

      There will always be a reason for players poor play whether it’s nagging injuries,system,chemistry,or rhythm. Players most learn to provide an impact regardless. If your game is not clicking on offense that does not mean you can’t make up for it on defense.
      Kobe is an example that just that can be done.

      I am always looking for players to “STEP UP” not make excuses. If you have “HEART” you are still an impact player at least on one side of the ball.

      Go Lakers !

      • LakersHeatBeef

        At least Pau Gasol realizes he has not played up to his standards.It’s just perception tbh,it’s how he is now perceived as just another NBA player,not necessarily a top tier player tbh.It is all justified tbh.He makes $19 million per.

        • Paytc

          I agree but lip service means absolutely nothing. If the team sees Pau holding his head down and not stepping up for whatever reason I think it spells out trading him. I think he is a good player and there are not many good 7 footers out there. But time will tell if he is willing to put it all out there or not. That will also spell if he will remain a Laker IMO.

          • LakersHeatBeef

            Pau has a huge salary that won’t be easy to move tbh.But it is possible team with some expiring contracts can pull off a deal for Pau.TBH which team wants to pay that hefty $19 million dollars bill?It could happen if a team tosses the Lakers picks tbh.

            Lakers would reluctantly let go of Pau possibly,but i don’t expect Pau to be traded tbh,i actually think the FO will just let his contract run out at the end of the season and his rights will be renounced and then the Lakers will quite possibly use the stretch provision on Steve Nash.Right their that is $25 million dollars in salary cap space.Lakers could become a championship team again IMO.

            Nashty would get paid roughly $3 million dollars for the next 3 seasons if he is stretched over 3 years which is the way it could go down tbh.Only time will tell if 2014 free agency is a homer in LA,

            Imagine $28 million dollars in cap space and Kobe goes down from making $30 million per season to about half that the Lakers can sign 2 max players and add more role players that fit the peg tbh.Lakers FO has it’s chance to shut the haters up once and for all IMO.Pau needs to step up tbh.

            Players can be renounced and comeback for cheaper Francisco Garcia and Aaron Brooks did that with Houston tbh.Lakers have that option with Pau Gasol.

            Go Lakers!

          • LakersHeatBeef

            Actually imagine a healthy Kobe Bryant from day 1 next season and only the $3 million dollars owed to Nashty,if they use stretch provision on him.Wow so basically about roughly $16 million dollars in cap space eaten and another say $70 to $80 million dollars ready to be used up on Superstars and big time role players that step up always.If Jim buss is willing to open the check books and pay huge luxury tax penalties next season the Lakers will be champions IMO.It could really happen tbh,it’s up to the basketball gods.I hope so tbh.

            Go Lakers!

  • Veix

    If he does not improve, I expect him to be traded before his contract ends. He used to be a force in the paint, but he is holding us back now. MDA system needs a dominant force in the paint, who can rebound and allow 2nd chance points to his shooters beyond the arc.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    What is wrong with Pau Gasol?I hope he improves tbh.

  • hookedonnews

    I think it’s obvious that Pau is not right physically. It took at long time last season to find out he was having knee and foot problems. He’s probably not in game shape yet either.

  • ra

    If Pau were in top condition, guaranteed that he would be playing a lot better. Recall when MWP wasn’t in top condition (due to injury, etc.), his playing went ‘down’, but when he was in great shape he was doing well.

    Same for other players, like Pau. Unf., it may take time for him to get into better condition, and that’s generally a liability for advancing through the season.

    On the plus side, this is an ‘experimental’ team, with no expectations, so who really cares if it takes a season for the team to ‘gel’. That includes everyone being in good physical shape, etc. (incl. Nash, Kobe, and Pau etc.).

  • Matt Williams

    People need to realize that Pau’s style of play doesn’t fit D’Antoni. It fits Phil Jackson, Gregg Poppovich, Lionel Hollins, coaches that lets centers use post up moves. Pau is trying to adjust and get back in shape at the same time. I always see these other teams fans blame the coach for their game losses. Lately I’ve been hearing, “fire McFail (Mchale)” “fire Woodson” in our case. D’Antoni is just not a good coach for this team. Especially for Pau. We need to cut this coach loose. Not Pau.

    • ra

      Good points. The team best suited for D’Antoni’s style was the 2006 Suns. The ‘big’ most suited to that style of play was Amare Stoudemire – either center or PF who likes to dunk in the post, and mostly ‘small ball’ (fast 3 point or ‘sharp’ shooters). The Lakers are not that team, and Pau is not suited for that specific style.

      But, the FO made these decisions, and should let it play out for the rest of the year – it’s experimental anyway. See how it works out, and then make ‘coaching change’ decisions. If the Lakers tank, then we’ll get a shot at good players in the draft. If the Lakers make the Finals, then we can re-think whether or not the style of play works.

      • Lakersfan

        D’Antoni style style is not suitable in nba or even high school…if you aim for a championship….MDA style fits younger player who started basketball, period

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      While a good point to say that MDA does not fit a Pau Gasol type of player… I wouldn’t let go of MDA in favor of Pau… I would however that we get a player that would fit MDA system by letting go of Gasol. MDA has earned my respect. Pau Gasol’s time with the lakers is just about at ropes end. Do you think you can invest another 3-4 years of Pau? I can’t imagine that happening in laker land. But I can imagine an MDA system in the next 5 years or so, on the other hand.

  • rik

    gasol and nash for rudy gay and amir johnson

  • Apex

    IDK, I feel bad for Gasol, but the reality is he looks really bad out there. If he is out of shape, then thats great that there is hope he is better then he is right now. If other teams know this then he still has value, which means it would be a good time to trade him and get something in return. That could be either picks or another big man. I used to agree that d’antoni was a horrible fit for the lakers, but my opinion has changed 180. You can really see his style flourish with his bench players, who are hungry to prove themselves, they’re quick and they can shoot. The problem is the teams starting line up, which I think by the time next season rolls out d’antoni will have the players he needs to play his game. I also feel his style of coaching is by far the most entertaining to watch, and with some loss of some players and addition to new quicker and sharper shooting players the lakers will again be the most entertaining team out there. It would be great if they could improve on their defence at the same time!!

    • Pedro B

      I agree The starting line up is horrible and when the reserves come off the bench they play catch up with these other teams. Gasol needs to be traded asap.

  • jeff

    Slow guys should not be on this team, period. We’ve got a bit of showtime going on finally again and I think we should run with it!

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      lol… showtime doesnt have to be the fastest pace… in the showtime era… our players weren’t necessarily the fastest in the league. KAJ wasn’t the fastest center, in fact he was already on the decline of his career and a little bit slow… he was, hate to say this, akin to Pau Gasol… almost literally. The driving force of the showtime, Magic, wasn’t the fastest of PG’s… he was slow compated to the likes of Zeke… the only fast runners on that team were Coop, Big Game James, and Byron Scott… Bob MAc was also an aging vet, and Rambis wasn’t your fastest guy by any sense of the word. So, I am not getting where you got the idea that Showtime was about fast runners.

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